HALSTEAD — Berean Academy was one of the smaller schools at the 49th Conrad Nightingale Invitational Thursday at Halstead’s Hess Field.
But the Warriors made a big impact with the girls taking second and the boys taking third at the 17-school meet.
Smoky Valley swept the titles.
The Smoky Valley girls downed Berean Academy 84-69 for the title. Haven was third at 66, followed by Conway Springs at 47 and Pratt at 45. Sedgwick and Hesston tied for eighth at 41. Halstead was 13th with 14 points.
The Smoky Valley boys topped Kingman 95-60. Berean Academy was third at 58, followed by Halstead at 55 and Pratt at 51. Sedgwick scored 17 points. Hesston scored nine points.
“It was a good day,” Berean coach Lewis Wiebe said. “We had crazy weather. This was our first big meet. It was good to see our kids competing hard. They did a really good job. We need to get a couple more kids healthy. We have some girls that haven’t competed yet. We have a lot of tough meets ahead — Hillsboro and league.”
The team of Erin Topham, Mallory Wiebe, Sonya Zimmerman and Brooke Wiebe won the 4x800-meter relay in 10:41.25.
Erin Topham came from behind to win the girls’ 3,200-meter run in 12:13.40. She finished second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:55.82.
Brooke Wiebe was second in the 800-meter run in 2:32.11.
Clara Eldridge finished third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.27.
The team of Brooke Wiebe, Miranda Wiebe, Mallory Wiebe and Brittany Wiebe took third in the 4x100-meter relay in 55.49.
For the Berean boys, David Entz won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.57. Entz took third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 41.64.
Zac Koontz finished second in the javelin in 153-2, followed by Zach Dugger in third in 150-11.
Drew Janzen was third in the 3,200-meter run in 11:04.24.
The team of Trey Topham, Chase Wiebe, Janzen and Zac Koontz finished third in the 4x800-meter relay in 9:04.06.
For the Sedgwick girls, Grace Thompson scored 36 out of a possible 40 points.
Thompson set a meet record, winning the discus in 137-2. Thompson won the 100-meter dash in 12.60. Thompson took second in the shot put in 38-9 1/4 and second in the 200-meter dash in 26.75.
“It was a pretty good day,” Thompson said. “I was a little nervous (in the discus) because of the rain. I was supposed to throw and then they stopped the first flight. It ended up all right. Usually I feel pretty good, but in the 200, I felt like I was running in mud. This meet had good competition. In the 100, that was like a career PR for me.”
Thompson was following a strong performance at the Shocker Pre-State meet in Wichita, competing in the elite division in three events.
“My 200 was pretty good, right around my PR,” she said. “My disc just wasn’t in sync. It was fun running against the best in the state.”
A junior, Thompson took third in the state in the discus in Class 3A last year. She was fifth in the 200-meter dash and 10th in the shot put.
“I give a lot of credit to my coach,” Thompson said. “My PE teacher, Mr. Crumrine, gives me good workouts before and after meets. I just need to keep making times. Shot and disc just need a few tweaks.”
For the Sedgwick boys, Pierce Degraffenreid took second in the 800-meter run in 2:08.98.
Halstead’s 4x800-meter relay team of Braden Gerber, Isaac Radke, Andrew O’Brien and Gage Carr won in 8:39.63.
O’Brien took second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.88. Gerber was second in the 400-meter dash in 52.78.
Halstead took third in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:41.15.
Aric Propst finished third in the shot put in 48-4.
The team of Jayden Siebert, Kaia Siebert, Lydia Johnson and Parker Schroeder finished third in the 4x800-meter relay in 10:50.55.
Schroeder was third in the 800-meter run in 2:33.10.
For the Hesston girls, the team of Marisa Vogt, Emily Koehn, Caryn Yoder and Elise Kaiser took second in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:23.49. Kaiser took third in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.89.